Marijuana: Politics, Propaganda, and the Press
government disinformation and why so much of it gets reported uncritically
Bruce Mirken participated in the drug policy panel discussion that took place March 24, 2004 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY. He delivered a talk that questioned the idea of journalistic objectivity and examined the reasons so much misunderstanding exists in public opinion of the science concerning cannabis as a product of a decades long deliberate and dishonest government disinformation campaign.
Bruce Mirken, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, entered the field of drug policy after a dozen years as a freelance journalist and activist. During those years, he focused mainly on public health issues, especially the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and that work made him increasingly aware of the harm caused by the "War on Drugs" -- particularly the federal ban on medical use of marijuana. His columns and articles have appeared in such publications as the Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, Men's Health, California Hospitals and AIDS Treatment News. As spokesman for MPP, he has been quoted in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, and appeared on dozens of TV and radio broadcasts.
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